Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

There were doubts about Roy Halladay. Yes, doubts. Be shocked. Well, those concerns about his velocity and inability to controls his breaking pitches last start and doubts he will be ready by Opening Day have all but vanished. Halladay was in midseason form, commanding everything in his arsenal as well as pitching back at his … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Tigers 3

On the day Freddy Galvis was named the starting second baseman on Opening Day, he did not disappoint. The top infield prospect for the Phillies bumped his spring average up to .282 with his two-run, game-tying triple in the 5th inning as well as scoring the go-ahead run in the Phillies 4-3 win on Monday. … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 4, Tigers 3

Spring Training: Blue Jays 10, Phils 2

The Phillies managed 12 hits, but could only plate two in their 10-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Lou Montanez continued his torrid spring, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. Shane Victorino had the only other extra base hit, a triple in the 1st inning. Cole Hamels was hit around in the start, … Continue reading Spring Training: Blue Jays 10, Phils 2

The Rotation: Splitting the lefties is worth considering again

Cole Hamels certainly is not the fourth best pitcher on the Phillies, but the Phillies rotation may just reflect that heading into a highly anticipated 2012 season. After reading Jim Salisbury’s post on CSN’s website, splitting the lefties may just be a great direction to take this rotation. By splitting the lefties, it would most … Continue reading The Rotation: Splitting the lefties is worth considering again

Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

There are less than three weeks of Spring Training left and the Phillies have started thinning out their roster. Still a ways from 25, the Phillies have sent nine players to minor league camp, dropping their total down to 48 players left in camp. Right-handed pitchers Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, B.J. Rosenberg and J.C. Ramirez along … Continue reading Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

Blanton improving so far this spring

Judging by the quality of swings he’s eliciting, Joe Blanton has been impressive. Judgments are difficult. But stuff appears better. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 10, 2012 Encouraging words from Matt Gelb. Joe Blanton knows the 5th starter’s spot isn’t a lock heading into this season. But he does have the advantage over Joel Pineiro … Continue reading Blanton improving so far this spring

Injury Updates: Howard, Brown, Contreras and the missing Utley

Earlier this morning, Domonic Brown had an MRI on his injured right thumb. The results of that MRI showed Brown has some inflammation in his thumb, which he sprained on Monday diving for a ball against the Yankees. But fortunately for Brown, who also fractured his hamate bone last season in the same hand during Spring Training, … Continue reading Injury Updates: Howard, Brown, Contreras and the missing Utley

Pitching didn’t show up in Phillies loss

Dontrelle Willis indicated his arm is tired and could step back from current program. “I was horseshit,” he said. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 7, 2012   Dontrelle Willis and Pat Misch have two things in common today: luck wasn’t on their side. The two lefties were shelled for a combined eight runs, five earned … Continue reading Pitching didn’t show up in Phillies loss

Pierre, Podsednik highlight this spring’s battles

Even championship-caliber teams have position battles during Spring Training. With a good idea of who the 25 men making the Opening Day roster, a few position and roster battles loom heading into this season. With a place on the team is set, John Mayberry, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton are all battling it out for … Continue reading Pierre, Podsednik highlight this spring’s battles

Yankees sweep opening weekend series

It’s opening weekend and the standings show that the Phils are 0-2 to start Grapefruit League play. Be it that standings don’t matter, there are positives to consider in today’s 7-4 loss to the Yankees in Tampa. Hunter Pence crushed another two-run homer this spring in as many days, this one coming off Yankees starter … Continue reading Yankees sweep opening weekend series